2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
At a press conference on Monday, Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner announced her choice to succeed Joe Biden in the Senate: Ted Kaufman.
You’re not alone if you’re asking, “Ted who?” We’ll even admit that Salon’s list of potential successors didn’t include the soon-to-be senator as a possibility. But Kaufman is an old hand: He served as chief of staff in Biden’s Senate office, worked on his presidential campaign, his vice-presidential campaign and is now on the Obama-Biden transition team. He is, in other words, a Biden guy.
That Minner chose a loyalist of the V.P.-elect rather than a politician with more independent ambitions (like, say, outgoing Lt. Gov. John Carney) may be another indication that Biden hopes to keep his seat in the family. Most observers believe Kaufman will keep the seat warm for two years, and will not run in the 2010 special election. This would clear the way for a run by Joe Biden’s son Beau, the state attorney general. Beau Biden had been the heir apparent, but his recent deployment to Iraq stood in the way, at least for the moment.
Gabriel Winant is a graduate student in American history at Yale.More Gabriel Winant.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.